Anecdotes in the Vārakarī Kīrtana folk tradition of Mahārāṣṭra
|pages/dimensions: ||XIV, 292 Seiten - 24 × 17 cm|
|publishing date: ||1. Auflage 07.2012|
|prices: ||68,00 Eur[D] / 80,20 Eur[A]|
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Since centuries, the Vārakarī saints of Mahārāṣṭra have used the kīrtana performances to deliver the message of the Advaita philosophy. Kīrtana, as a performance art form, extensively uses music, chanting, and witty anecdotes to make this philosophy more accessible for the common folk. This makes the kīrtanakāra a potent medium between the age old Advaita philosophy and the contemporary masses. The Advaita religious didactic canon in Saṃskṛta, was translated by the Vārakarī saints in Marāṭhī for the benefit of the local populace. This is simplified further by the kīrtanakāras by using lucid everyday anecdotes; elevating the performance of a kīrtana from simply being a sermon to being a powerful yet persuasive dialogue between a speaker and a listener.
The book by Kasturi Dadhe specifically studies the use of anecdotes and their relevance in bringing across the message of the Advaita philosophy. A collection of 180 such anecdotes narrated by the kīrtanakāras in Marāṭhī over a period of 6 decades from 1950 to 2008 have been transliterated and translated from Marāṭhī to English and each is accompanied with an in depth analysis and summary. The anecdotes are segregated under 11 social themes concerning the daily lives of the common people, which adds insights in to the social attitudes of the times.